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When white sheets and stinking feet divert minds

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
1 day(s) ago

The ANC in Gauteng must show more disgust for corrupt members than it does for red overalls, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

State must assist the private sector in providing education

1 day(s) ago

The state should divide its schooling budget into bursaries in the form of vouchers given to parents to enable them to buy education from the provider of their choice, writes John Kane-Berman

A freer Scotland will still be run from London

1 day(s) ago

It will just have a bit more say over welfare and taxation issues, writes Marvin Meintjies

ON WORK: Elop’s fabled memo shows how not to

Lucy Kellaway promo
22 hour(s) ago

Microsoft’s Stephen Elop’s ‘Hello there’ memo has already become a classic example of how not to fire people, writes Lucy Kellaway

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Rosanne Cash

1 day(s) ago

Her album is an intensely personal reflection on a relationship with the American South that couldn’t help being affected by the part her father, Johnny Cash, writes Richard Haslop

UNEMBARGOED: Our soccer fans no longer know what a good game is

1 day(s) ago

Songezo Zibi asks whether our soccer officials will ever realise that they have become a central part of the problem

Sharks could not conjure up a miracle

Super 15 semifinal between the Crusaders and the Sharks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/FIONA GOODALL
22 hour(s) ago

The vitriol, insults, personal abuse and crassness directed at the Sharks must be the greatest motivator for the players to aim for fifth place next season, writes Mark Keohane

‘Great Power’ Germany can be good for Africa

1 day(s) ago

Berlin must harness its Friedenspolitik (policy of peace) to an enhanced political and security role, writes Adekeye Adebajo

Try McDonald’s to see how locals in grass skirts really live

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The ideal in travelling is to arrive fully informed yet with no preconceptions, writes Simon Kuper

Catching a glimpse of the inner workings of the IMF

20 hour(s) ago

Liaquat Ahamed’s monograph, Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF, is not just hilarious but shrewdly provocative, writes Gillian Tett

STRAIGHT TALK: Let’s co-operate to make the best of our resources

Mark Barnes promo
22 hour(s) ago

The value of water is defined by its absence. Water isn’t just something that we need to drink. Water is at the economic centre of power, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: Instead of building new Brics bank, revamp what SA already has

Stuart Theobald promo
22 hour(s) ago

Stuart Theobald asks why South Africa is contributing $10bn to the $50bn balance sheet of a proposed new Brics development bank


Previous columns


Daddy, I want to be in corporate finance

1 day(s) ago

Rob Rose asks how it is that a time when everyone is threatening to strike, SA’s lawyers and bankers are building ever more opulent palaces

RANTS AND SENSE: Without ashes, where would our phoenix be?

1 day(s) ago

SA has now had two decades of growth and development that would have been inconceivable during the apartheid era, writes Bruce Whitfield

Tiny digital doctors to track your health

1 day(s) ago

Managed correctly, the technological changes sweeping through healthcare should have a hugely beneficial impact on people’s lives, writes Duncan McLeod

WINE: Geared for visitors

Michael Fridjhon promo
3 day(s) ago

I dropped into the tasting room at Villiera recently, on a quiet day in the dead of winter, writes Michael Fridjhon

THE INSIDER: Karoo group treasures forthright Malema

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
4 day(s) ago

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group won’t be partnering with Julius Malema’s EFF to advance any social cause any time in the near future

Unemployed won’t buy notion of wage restraint

3 day(s) ago

The unemployed want wages to grow as much as they want pensions and child grants to grow, writes Jonny Steinberg

A sartorial revolution to colour our politics

Anthony Butler promo
3 day(s) ago

The idea of decorum has provided a pretext for an insidious campaign against parliamentary free expression, writes Anthony Butler

TECHNO FILE: Exercising ‘right to be forgotten’ could spark ‘Streisand effect’

Kevin O'Grady promo
5 day(s) ago

People taking advantage of the Google ruling should not underestimate the ‘Streisand effect’, writes Kevin O’Grady

New oven force to be reckoned with

Penny Haw promo
5 day(s) ago

The microwave oven could make a major comeback in the next few years; not only as a cooker but also as a counter, writes Penny Haw

Bloemfontein Celtic’s Middendorp infuriates Safa over player’s release

Mninawa Ntloko promo
5 day(s) ago

Perennially irritable Bloemfontein Celtic coach’s name will definitely not appear on the Safa Christmas shopping list this year, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Foreigners happy to buy SA dollar bonds — for now

5 day(s) ago

The inflows remain for now but they could stop or reverse quickly as the US starts normalising its monetary policy, writes Hilary Joffe

Ball-tampering — it’s just one of the original sins of the game

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
6 day(s) ago

Ball-tampering is one of the most overrated, overhyped ‘crimes’ in cricket, writes Neil Manthorp

The fear of failing in business is SA’s undoing

6 day(s) ago

For the majority of the population, James Caan’s appeal to ‘embrace failure’ will take some time to take root, writes Trudi Makhaya

The hard question that goes to heart of a matter

Tony Leon promo
6 day(s) ago

Asking the right question often leads to moral clarity, even if it is not so easily answered, writes Tony Leon

We want to belong — but to Brics?

Mark Barnes promo
7 day(s) ago

If the Brics funds are to go to the most needy we’re bound to benefit from more than our proportional share, or contribution, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: New credit legislation could deliver a fresh blow to African Bank

Stuart Theobald promo
7 day(s) ago

African Bank is already against the ropes after vast bad debt write-offs, writes Stuart Theobald

ON WORK: Online job reviews aren’t useful

Lucy Kellaway promo
7 day(s) ago

While people feel compelled to write reviews of everyday items, they are more reticent when it comes to reviewing their jobs, writes Lucy Kellaway

Here’s to the land of midnight bar

7 day(s) ago

At a conference in Iceland, Gillian Tett’s most memorable economic lesson came from an unexpected source: beer

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Charlie Haden

7 day(s) ago

Among Haden’s great assets were his sound and also what might be termed his positional play, writes Richard Haslop

UNEMBARGOED: Palestinians must have a state for lasting peace

7 day(s) ago

If we want a better world, we must all be prepared to demonstrate some moral courage and consistently condemn terrorist atrocities from whichever side they come, writes Songezo Zibi

Communication a huge issue for ANC

8 day(s) ago

South Africans can only hope that the decision to split the department of communications isn’t going to detract from other crucial projects, writes Duncan McLeod

BULL'S EYE: Languid bulls rob markets of excitement

Jeremy Thomas promo
1 day(s) ago

Summer holiday lethargy lies thick across developed-world markets, writes Jeremy Thomas

Big data a winner in the World Cup

1 day(s) ago

App Match Insights could gather data before and during a match and use it to influence the coach’s tactical decisions while the game is on, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Fracking: beware what lies beneath

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
1 day(s) ago

Experience urges us to be cautious about the claims being made for fracking — and not just in South Africa, writes Ann Crotty

SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

4 day(s) ago

At its heart, open journalism is about accepting, and embracing, a radically changing relationship between journalists and their audience, writes Anton Harber

LAW MATTERS: Arms deals critics should focus on corruption not rationality

4 day(s) ago

Once you accept that the defence force needed new equipment, then you are pretty much buggered on a rationality argument, writes Franny Rabkin

JAZZ: Tango treat on offer

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Like South Africa’s indigenous modern music, tango is a syncretic form that draws from diverse influences, writes Gwen Ansell

Not much mystery in SA’s high misery score

Leon Louw promo
5 day(s) ago

SA is the world’s eighth-most miserable country, according to the Hanke human misery index, which measures misery in 90 countries, writes Leon Louw

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Hybrid does it for me

5 day(s) ago

Lexus ES300h’s space, specs and comfort win one over, and the meagre consumption clinches the deal, writes Alexander Parker

Unions want to join club, not change the rules

5 day(s) ago

As the metal strike drags on, it is common to blame the economy’s problems on the radicalism of trade unions, writes Steven Friedman

Time to throw off bonds of liberal economics

Thami Mazwai promo
5 day(s) ago

Research by the Human Sciences Research Council vindicates concern that the liberalisation of the economy does not, in the short term, address the poverty gripping South Africa, writes Thami Mazwai

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

6 day(s) ago

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Dave Marrs promo
6 day(s) ago

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy, writes Dave Marrs

THE INSIDER: Floyd’s pinkish economic outlook mocked by MPs

Floyd Shivambu. Picture: SOWETAN
6 day(s) ago

Shivambu comes under heavy fire for his enthusiasm for diving into deep intellectual waters and coming up with swift solutions to intractable problems

Zambians are getting worried about their missing president

Dianna Games promo
7 day(s) ago

Officials have been accused of trying to maintain the facade that all is well, writes Dianna Games

Mandela’s legacy of compromise is defective

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
7 day(s) ago

Aubrey Matshiqi: It is time for even the most wide-eyed optimists to accept that the reconciliation project has hit another pothole

Long-haul still a mountain to climb for ever-improving no-frills airlines

Michael Skapinker promo
7 day(s) ago

There is no longer much difference between a budget carrier’s service and an old-style airline’s, writes Michael Skapinker

White’s loyalty to and investment in his players have paid off handsomely

Jake White. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
7 day(s) ago

Jake White’s coaching career has coincided with loyalty to players who have done well for him, writes Mark Keohane

Rate hike shows policy makers’ predicament

Gavin Keeton
7 day(s) ago

Unless growth recovers, SA could find itself trapped between the pincers of slow growth and high inflation, writes Gavin Keeton

ON THE WATER: Imagine fishing for trout on Mars

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Fishing is just not gratifying when you have to do it crotch-deep in effluent, writes Neels Blom

THE LAST WORD: He who pays the expert calls the tune

8 day(s) ago

There’s nothing like a company crash to reveal just how empty words like ‘independent’ and ‘expert’ can actually be, writes Rob Rose

A generation of IT girls on the rise

8 day(s) ago

An initiative aims to take digital education deep into communities that are not usually exposed to it, writes Arthur Goldstuck

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